Finding Inspiration in Every Tune
The Waddington family (nine of them in all) spent many years touring the United States and Canada, performing gospel music. Music has been in these men's blood since early childhood. When Seth was 15 and the twins were 12 they played in the “Frozen Fingers” Bluegrass Festival in Minot with their sister Amanda playing the Bass Guitar. Since then the brothers have performed at Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri, they have been featured guests on "Dakota Air, the Radio Show" on Prairie Public radio as well as performing for North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple's inaugural ball in 2013.
Meet The Boys
Seth Waddington is the only married member of the Waddington Brothers. With 4 small children to keep him running, when does he find time to practice? The joy of Seth's life is Rachel, his lovely wife. Seth's hobby is collecting vintage guitars, but it's such an expensive hobby that he can only afford to own one. He also taught himself how to tune pianos. Seth is the leader of this quartet because he is the oldest and wisest. He started playing guitar under the tutelage of their father, Caleb Waddington, when Seth was just 10. It was Seth who mentored his younger brothers in mandolin and banjo and encouraged them to practice. (If you guys don't practice I will break your arms, so help me.) Nowadays, Seth plays guitar, and he does it with grace and style.
Ethan first picked up a 5 string banjo when he was 11 years old. When he was 18 he took second place in the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship back in 2009. He also plays upright Bass.
Between Jacob and Ethan, it's sometimes hard to determine which brother is the smart one and which one is the good looking one. (Only the shadow knows.) These twin lumberjacks stay busy building and finishing log cabins with hand tools and the sweat of their brow. Ethan and Jacob find great enjoyment hunting raccoon and wildcats with their hounds when they aren't making music.
Jacob spent many hours toward earning a private pilot's license. He has been playing the Mandolin since he was 12. He also plays the four string tenor guitar. Tenor guitars came into prominence in the 1920s and 30s with Jazz bands and dance orchestras. Until recently , these instruments were considered by modern musicians to be a musical oddity.
Job is the youngest of the brothers at 17. When he isn't driving his 1953 International pickup around the farmstead he is wishing that it was running. In addition to music, Job has multiple interests to occupy his free time. No video games or social media for this lad. Selling hoods that he makes for falconry enthusiasts and helping his father with the family tree trimming business keep him busy. Job specializes in playing the upright bass and also plays the chromatic harmonica.
Incidentally, the brothers will tell you that the difference between a hound and a dog is that a hound is a canine with which you go hunting, and a dog barks at you from the neighbors yard.